Continuing Forestry Education (CFE)
At the last AGM, there was a discussion about the need to increase the participation of all members to record their CFE. To facilitate this process, we will provide you with a few quick answers to frequently asked questions.
1.What are the different categories?
There are 3 categories where you can obtain credits.
Category 1 – Formal
Anything that provides training or new information. Conferences, workshops, webinars (includes the CIF lecture series or any other sessions pertaining to forestry and your job). You need a minimum 36 hours over a 3-year period – there is no maximum. You could have 100 hrs. over 3 years in category one if you chose. One hour of attendance equals one credit. A field training/session would also be one credit for each hour of instruction – minus the bus ride, naturally!
Category 2 – On your own
This is for reading articles and attending forestry associations meetings. There are no maximum or minimum for this category. One hour of reading or attending a meeting equals one credit.
Category 3 – Professional growth
This category focusses on you giving back to the profession. There are no maximum or minimum for this category. In this category, the credits are pre-defined by the action. Here is a short list of the most current:
- If you make a one-hour presentation =5 credits
- Publishing a peer technical review article = 15 credits
- Being on the ARFPNB executive committee or being a chair = 12 credits per year
- Actively participating on a forestry committee = 5 credits per year
- Each month you are in good standing with the ARPFNB = 1 credit (12 for the year)
- Article in a newspaper or magazine = 5 credits
If you have other activities that would belong in this category and are not listed, please ask the executive director for guidance.
2. Who audits the CFE?
Each year a 5% sample is audited. This audit team consist of the ARPFNB Registrar and administrative assistant and the president. The records are audited for accuracy and completeness. It is a good practice to keep a folder of the agendas, promo materials, lists of articles, etc. to back up your claims.
3. When does the 3 years start?
Theoretically, the 3-year period started the day you became a registered professional forester, however since this is not a practical solution; the ARPFNB will start the 3-year period January 1, 2019 or the day you became a registered professional forester, whichever is later.
4. Are we in the same range as other RPF across the country?
The ARPFNB CFE program is on par with the other RPF jurisdictions in Canada; we are even in the lower end of requirements.
5. Who can help me?
Vanessa Quarré, Executive Assistant is the best one to help you out with the system, if you have questions on your activities and where they fit in, please reach out to anyone on the executive or Ed Czerwinski, Executive Director if you are really stuck!! We still accept the paper form if members chose to submit their CFEs that way.
We need to adhere to our bylaws and do what we say we are going to do!! If you have difficulty meeting the requirements of the 100 hours in 3 years, please let us know and we can provide assistance in obtaining them. No one will be left behind!!
- Anne LeBrun Ruff, RPF